He added two assists in 21 games as the Rebels lost in the WHL Final against the Kootenay Ice.
He improved to 16 goals and 30 points in 2002–03 as the Rebels again reached the WHL Finals, again losing, this time to the Kelowna Rockets.
Prospects Hockey rated Dion as the top player in the CHL in both 20, ahead of Sidney Crosby, naming him one of the best junior defencemen of the previous decade.
The Senators are retaining 25 per cent of Phaneuf's million salary-cap hit, so the Kings get a top-four defenceman for .25 million over the next three-plus years.
Defenceman Dion Phaneuf will be playing in Los Angeles after the Senators agreed to trade him and Nate Thompson to the Kings in exchange for Marian Gaborik and Nick Shore.
(Claus Andersen/Getty Images)Dion Phaneuf is on the move again as the Los Angeles Kings hope he bolsters their blue line for a playoff run.
The Kings visit the Penguins on Thursday, so he doesn't even have to leave Pittsburgh to meet up with his new team.
"I'm excited to be going to the Los Angeles Kings," Phaneuf said.